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WILDLIFE HARVEST STATUS REPORT 

SMALL GAME HARVEST SURVEY -- 2007-2008 

Ronald A. Reitz 
Resource Scientist 



INTRODUCTION 

The Small Game Harvest Survey has been sent annually, since 1967, to samples of permit 
holders eligible to hunt small game in Missouri. This mail questionnaire asks permit holders if 
they hunted small game, how many of each of the small game species they harvested, where they 
hunted most for each species, and how many days they hunted for each species. This survey is 
conducted after the end of the small game hunting season (usually in late February). 

Beginning with the 1996-97 hunting season, the Small Game Harvest Survey has used the 
Point of Sale (POS) database of permit buyers to compile the sampling frame. Stratification of 
the sampling frame has been used to reduce the variation within the estimates, and non-residents 
have been included in the survey since 1996. Therefore, the results from the 2007-2008 Small 
Game Harvest Survey should only be compared to the 1 1 previous survey efforts. For the 
purposes of this status report, the current year's estimates are compared to the previous year's 
estimates and the five-year means. 

Estimates of hunter numbers, harvest and effort (days afield) were calculated for 18 small 
game species from the results of the 2007-2008 Small Game Harvest Survey. Questionnaires 
were mailed to 12,500 people who held one of the following permits allowing them to hunt small 
game during the 2007-2008 season: 

- Resident Small Game Hunting Permit 

- Non-Resident Small Game Hunting Permit 

- Resident Combination Hunting and Fishing Permit 

- Daily Small Game Hunting Permit 

- Lifetime Hunting Partner Permit 

- Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit 

Permits for 2008, sold between December 1, 2007 and February 28, 2008, were also valid during 
the 2007-2008 small game season and were included in the sampling frame for this survey. Of 
the 11,920 questionnaires successfully delivered, a total of 5,731 responses were received, 
representing a 48.1% response rate. Of the surveys received, 5,437 were useable for analysis, 
representing an adjusted response rate of 45.6%. 



HUNTER NUMBERS 

Of those 2007 and 2008 permit holders included in our sample, an estimated 66.1% 
hunted small game, up slightly from 64.7% in 2006-2007. Estimated hunter numbers in 2007- 
2008 showed potential increases for 10 of the 18 species. Raccoon hunters were the only group 
that indicated a significant increase in hunter numbers (as identified by non-overlapping 95% 
confidence intervals) when compared to the previous year (Table 1). Potential increases in 
hunter numbers were observed for waterfowl and decreases for traditional small game such as 
rabbit, squirrel, and quail. Overall, estimated hunter numbers appeared to be up slightly, with an 
estimated 149,662 individuals hunting some species of small game in Missouri, compared to 
145,998 hunters in the 2006-2007 season. 



HARVEST AND EFFORT 

Overall, total days spent afield by hunters for 2007-2008 increased for most popular 
game species when compared to the previous year's estimates, with the only statistically 
significant increase (as identified by non-overlapping 95% confidence intervals) observed for 
raccoon hunters (Table 1). 

Hunter success, as estimated by bag per day, appears to have remained relatively stable 
for most other species compared to last year's estimates, with no statistically significant changes 
observed (Table 1). 

Average season bag was down for 12 of 18 species, although not significantly. Overall, 
estimated average season bag remained stable (Table 1). 

Total harvest estimates showed potential decreases for 11 of the 18 species surveyed. 
Seven species of small game showed harvest estimates that were potentially higher than the 
previous year. Overall, however, harvest appears to have remained relatively stable, with no 
significant changes from the previous year (Table 1). 



TABLE 1. Statewide summary for the Small Game Post-season Harvest Survey, 2007-2008, including resident and non-resident hunters. 







%Of 


Bag 


Avg. 


Avg. 




Total 




Total 


Hunting 


Per 


Season 


Days 


Total 


Days 


Species 


Hunters 


Pressure 


Day 


Bag 


Afield 


Harvest 


Afield 


Rabbit 


61,738 


41.2 


1.0 


7.0 


6.8 


429,109 


417,906 


95% CI 


59,001-64,513 


39.6-43.0 


0.9-1.1 


6.3-7.7 


6.1-7.5 


381,957-481,326 


373,305-466,906 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-0.4 


-2.8 


-8.8 


-0.3 


9.4 


-0.7 


8.9 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-11.2 


-7.1 


-18.7 


-5.3 


15.4 


-15.4 


3.1 


Squirrel 


71,949 


48.1 


1.4 


13.2 


9.6 


952,532 


689,714 


95% CI 


68,995-74,772 


46.4-49.8 


1.3-1.5 


12.2-14.5 


8.7-10.5 


870,670-1,051,237 


623,903-761,713 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-5.5 


-7.8 


-9.2 


-4.5 


4.6 


-9.7 


-1.1 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-9.3 


-5.2 


-11.0 


9.2 


21.8 


-0.7 


10.5 


Quail 


27,830 


18.6 


1.6 


9.3 


5.9 


258,448 


163,364 


95% CI 


25,888-29,912 


17.3-19.9 


1.4-1.8 


8.2-10.4 


5.3-6.5 


224,829-296,324 


145,526-184,373 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-7.6 


-9.8 


-0.6 


-4.2 


-4.1 


-11.5 


-11.3 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-28.2 


-24.9 


-4.5 


-8.4 


-4.5 


-34.3 


-31.4 


Dove 


37,395 


25.0 


4.1 


17.8 


4.4 


666,420 


163,504 


95% CI 


35,136-39,770 


23.5-26.5 


3.7-4.5 


16.6-19.2 


4.0-4.8 


605,833-728,970 


146,439-180,617 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-9.3 


-11.5 


3.6 


-3.3 


-6.8 


-12.3 


-15.3 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-5.2 


-0.9 


-2.5 


-3.5 


-1.2 


-8.5 


-6.1 


Pheasant 


10,102 


6.8 


0.6 


3.0 


5.0 


30,859 


50,417 


95% CI 


8,906-11,376 


6.0-7.6 


0.5-0.8 


2.4-3.9 


4.2-5.8 


23,215-40,216 


40,619-60,766 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-3.2 


-5.6 


-3.2 


-7.3 


-4.6 


-10.0 


-7.6 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-12.6 


-8.8 


17.9 


17.9 


-1.1 


3.5 


-13.4 


Woodcock 


1,335 


0.9 


0.3 


1.2 


5.0 


1,636 


6,626 


95% CI 


843-1,811 


0.6-1.2 


0.1-0.6 


0.7-1.8 


2.5-8.0 


862-2,533 


2,735-11,480 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-7.3 


-10.1 


-37.2 


-36.9 


6.5 


-41.7 


-1.1 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-22.5 


-19.3 


-55.7 


-51.8 


8.2 


-62.8 


-16.3 


Crow 


7,807 


5.2 


1.4 


8.6 


6.1 


66,770 


47,686 


95% CI 


6,691-8,964 


4.5-6.0 


1.0-1.9 


6.8-10.6 


4.5-8.1 


50,956-85,022 


33,283-64,982 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-12.6 


-14.7 


-34.6 


-35.3 


-1.3 


-43.4 


-13.8 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-31.6 


-28.3 


-23.3 


-26.1 


-2.6 


-48.7 


-32.5 







%Of 


Bag 


Avg. 


Avg. 




Total 




Total 


Hunting 


Per 


Season 


Days 


Total 


Days 


Species 


Hunters 


Pressure 


Day 


Bag 


Afield 


Harvest 


Afield 


Groundhog 


3,693 


2.5 


0.6 


3.2 


5.6 


11,960 


20,797 


95% CI 


2,963-4,475 


2.0-3.0 


0.4-0.7 


2.2-4.8 


3.9-7.7 


7,412-17,677 


13,241-30,166 


%Change from 2006-2007 


14.4 


11.8 


13.7 


-31.9 


-40.7 


-22.4 


-32.1 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-12.6 


-8.7 


40.6 


15.8 


-28.5 


1.0 


-36.7 


Raccoon 


12,679 


8.5 


0.9 


17.2 


18.3 


217,635 


232,307 


95% CI 


11,264-14,088 


7.5-9.4 


0.8-1.1 


13.9-20.6 


15.3-21.5 


168,784-269,174 


186,414-280,714 


%Change from 2006-2007 


31.3 


28.1 


0.0 


17.5 


17.7 


54.4 


54.5 


%Change from 5-year mean 


4.3 


9.3 


-8.7 


18.6 


31.7 


26.0 


39.2 


Gray Fox 


1,866 


1.2 


0.1 


1.1 


11.2 


2,134 


20,784 


95% CI 


1,335-2,416 


0.9-1.6 


0.1-0.2 


0.6-1.9 


6.6-17.4 


846-3,620 


10,656-34,879 


%Change from 2006-2007 


22.0 


19.0 


-28.6 


28.1 


85.5 


56.6 


125.1 


%Change from 5-year mean 


16.8 


22.9 


14.3 


19.4 


-0.2 


41.9 


17.5 


Red Fox 


2,662 


1.8 


0.1 


1.0 


8.0 


2,774 


21,154 


95% CI 


2,018-3,313 


1.3-2.2 


0.1-0.2 


0.7-1.5 


5.6-10.6 


1,654-4,177 


13,337-30,712 


%Change from 2006-2007 


27.7 


24.5 


-7.1 


20.9 


31.6 


54.4 


67.7 


%Change from 5-year mean 


11.9 


16.7 


40.5 


-2.6 


-32.1 


7.8 


-24.8 


Coyote 


22,310 


14.9 


0.2 


2.5 


10.1 


55,097 


225,835 


95% CI 


20,554-24,063 


13.8-16.0 


0.2-0.3 


2.1-2.8 


8.4-12.2 


46,544-64,685 


184,503-277,705 


%Change from 2006-2007 


10.5 


7.8 


-21.9 


-15.1 


10.6 


-6.4 


22.1 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-1.0 


3.4 


4.2 


-7.1 


-11.1 


-7.2 


-12.2 


Bobcat 


4,785 


3.2 


0.1 


0.7 


12.8 


3,532 


61,103 


95% CI 


3,946-5,752 


2.6-3.8 


0.0-0.1 


0.5-1.0 


9.6-16.6 


2,328-4,880 


42,952-84,523 


%Change from 2006-2007 


11.7 


9.2 


-14.3 


60.9 


81.7 


78.5 


102.8 


%Change from 5-year mean 


14.3 


19.4 


-14.3 


27.0 


53.9 


46.2 


77.3 


Opossum 


4,966 


3.3 


0.7 


10.2 


14.2 


50,585 


70,703 


95% CI 


4,007-5,873 


2.7-3.9 


0.4-1.1 


5.8-16.1 


10.3-18.9 


26,829-80,275 


47,538-98,751 


%Change from 2006-2007 


24.1 


21.2 


18.0 


47.8 


25.7 


83.8 


55.9 


%Change from 5-year mean 


10.2 


14.5 


7.9 


46.2 


34.6 


60.4 


47.3 







%Of 


Bag 


Avg. 


Avg. 




Total 




Total 


Hunting 


Per 


Season 


Days 


Total 


Days 


Species 


Hunters 


Pressure 


Day 


Bag 


Afield 


Harvest 


Afield 


Ruffed Grouse 


331 


0.2 


0.2 


1.3 


4.6 


429 


1,541 


95% CI 


119-570 


0.1-0.4 


0-0.8 


0-4.6 


1.7-8.8 


0-1,282 


272-3,325 


%Change from 2006-2007 


-20.2 


-21.4 


-58.3 


-29.1 


51.1 


-42.1 


24.4 


%Change from 5-year mean 


144.7 


151.4 


203.0 


326.4 


31.9 


1295.1 


478.8 


Ducks 


34,990 


23.4 


1.8 


17.6 


9.8 


616,373 


344,570 


95% CI 


32,545-37,340 


21.8-24.9 


1.6-1.9 


16.1-19.2 


9.0-10.7 


547,293-688,312 


306,402-382,787 


%Change from 2006-2007 


8.1 


5.5 


-8.2 


-6.2 


2.6 


1.4 


10.9 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-1.7 


2.5 


18.0 


31.6 


11.7 


29.6 


9.7 


Canada Geese 


15,139 


10.1 


0.6 


5.0 


7.6 


74,955 


115,015 


95% CI 


13,547-16,924 


9.1-11.3 


0.6-0.8 


4.0-6.0 


6.7-8.6 


58,255-93,085 


95,796-134,789 


%Change from 2006-2007 


15.6 


12.8 


14.0 


4.2 


-9.3 


20.6 


4.8 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-3.0 


0.9 


15.0 


23.4 


7.8 


19.2 


4.3 


Snow Geese 


6,769 


4.5 


2.2 


19.1 


8.8 


129,241 


59,604 


95% CI 


5,663-8,046 


3.8-5.4 


1.4-3.0 


11.0-29.5 


6.8-11.2 


70,767-204,996 


42,692-82,209 


%Change from 2006-2007 


4.3 


1.6 


-18.2 


-4.7 


16.4 


-0.6 


21.6 


%Change from 5-year mean 


-14.3 


-10.3 


17.9 


58.7 


35.0 


35.3 


16.8 



FIGURE 1. Missouri Department of Conservation regions. 




TABLE 2. Estimates for rabbit by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


7,626 


12.37 


0.99 


5.50 


5.59 


41,917 


42,649 


NORTHEAST 


7,505 


12.18 


1.48 


7.13 


4.83 


53,500 


36,259 


KANSAS CITY 


6,605 


10.72 


0.67 


5.03 


7.66 


33,198 


50,595 


CENTRAL 


9,474 


15.37 


1.25 


7.15 


5.76 


67,750 


54,581 


ST LOUIS 


7,115 


11.54 


1.07 


9.28 


8.75 


66,046 


62,314 


SOUTHWEST 


7,453 


12.09 


1.15 


6.51 


5.70 


48,496 


42,499 


OZARK 


5,130 


8.32 


0.86 


7.53 


8.84 


38,657 


45,365 


SOUTHEAST 


9,045 


14.67 


0.93 


7.12 


7.70 


64,426 


69,616 



TABLE 3. Estimates for squirrel by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


5,428 


7.55 


1.07 


6.86 


6.58 


37,237 


35,672 


NORTHEAST 


5,163 


7.18 


1.35 


8.07 


5.99 


41 ,666 


30,915 


KANSAS CITY 


6,735 


9.36 


1.18 


10.03 


8.57 


67,466 


57,671 


CENTRAL 


11,771 


16.37 


1.44 


13.62 


9.49 


160,371 


1 1 1 ,755 


ST LOUIS 


11,128 


15.47 


1.42 


14.75 


10.48 


164,120 


116,691 


SOUTHWEST 


8,933 


12.42 


1.21 


10.75 


8.98 


95,998 


80,242 


OZARK 


9,770 


13.58 


1.63 


19.22 


11.83 


187,759 


115,599 


SOUTHEAST 


10,826 


15.05 


1.48 


15.54 


10.61 


168,246 


114,849 



TABLE 4. Estimates for quail by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


7,108 


25.56 


1.66 


9.53 


5.74 


67,774 


40,753 


NORTHEAST 


4,771 


17.15 


1.89 


10.41 


5.50 


49,645 


26,251 


KANSAS CITY 


4,438 


15.96 


1.38 


8.17 


5.97 


36,242 


26,479 


CENTRAL 


3,465 


12.46 


1.71 


9.01 


5.28 


31,252 


18,293 


ST LOUIS 


1,238 


4.45 


1.14 


10.55 


10.18 


13,048 


12,612 


SOUTHWEST 


2,912 


10.47 


1.81 


7.94 


4.43 


23,107 


12,889 


OZARK 


1,253 


4.50 


1.60 


11.96 


7.69 


15,003 


9,631 


SOUTHEAST 


1,499 


5.39 


1.14 


7.46 


6.56 


11,161 


9,821 



TABLE 5. Estimates for dove by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


3,658 


9.79 


3.56 


14.17 


4.07 


51,835 


14,862 


NORTHEAST 


3,365 


9.00 


4.98 


18.32 


3.68 


61 ,562 


12,386 


KANSAS CITY 


4,869 


13.02 


3.89 


15.94 


4.13 


77,680 


20,099 


CENTRAL 


3,856 


10.31 


3.93 


16.82 


4.30 


64,865 


16,567 


ST LOUIS 


6,704 


17.93 


4.33 


19.21 


4.48 


128,726 


30,047 


SOUTHWEST 


4,549 


12.16 


4.68 


18.45 


3.94 


83,911 


17,935 


OZARK 


956 


2.56 


4.03 


15.82 


3.96 


15,037 


3,761 


SOUTHEAST 


7,792 


20.84 


4.11 


18.84 


4.60 


146,814 


35,841 



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TABLE 6. Estimates for pheasant by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


5,775 


57.39 


0.46 


2.42 


5.24 


13,957 


30,257 


NORTHEAST 


1,415 


14.07 


0.32 


1.74 


5.57 


2,463 


7,886 


KANSAS CITY 


438 


4.34 


2.42 


9.41 


3.62 


4,189 


1,607 


CENTRAL 


717 


7.13 


1.81 


3.43 


1.96 


2,458 


1,413 


ST LOUIS 


406 


4.04 


2.79 


5.06 


1.84 


2,037 


736 


SOUTHWEST 


559 


5.55 


1.09 


4.24 


3.90 


2,318 


2,195 


OZARK 


98 


0.97 


1.33 


3.99 


3.00 


392 


294 


SOUTHEAST 


194 


1.93 


0.51 


8.76 


12.59 


1,807 


2,556 



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TABLE 7. Estimates for woodcock by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


213 


16.09 


0.05 


0.11 


3.71 


24 


811 


NORTHEAST 


170 


12.98 


0.90 


3.26 


4.21 


559 


711 


KANSAS CITY 


223 


16.90 


0.31 


0.62 


7.17 


138 


1,644 


CENTRAL 


113 


8.57 


0.78 


1.25 


1.64 


134 


183 


ST LOUIS 


90 


6.87 


0.26 


0.80 


12.79 


74 


1,259 


SOUTHWEST 


213 


16.20 


0.54 


1.45 


3.27 


309 


696 


OZARK 


55 


4.10 


1.00 


2.01 


2.01 


110 


110 


SOUTHEAST 


240 


18.29 


0.35 


1.07 


4.33 


252 


1,057 



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TABLE 8. Estimates for crow by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


484 


6.18 


0.98 


8.01 


10.32 


3,886 


5,048 


NORTHEAST 


578 


7.37 


1.42 


4.42 


3.14 


2,546 


1,808 


KANSAS CITY 


718 


9.16 


1.20 


9.83 


11.64 


7,072 


8,373 


CENTRAL 


1,262 


16.10 


2.01 


7.53 


3.87 


9,510 


4,885 


ST LOUIS 


857 


10.93 


1.08 


4.91 


5.24 


4,221 


4,499 


SOUTHWEST 


1,653 


21.10 


1.88 


9.87 


5.41 


16,321 


8,916 


OZARK 


1,412 


18.02 


1.65 


11.21 


7.27 


15,809 


10,312 


SOUTHEAST 


662 


8.44 


1.32 


4.59 


3.82 


3,016 


2,522 



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TABLE 9. Estimates for ducks by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


7,093 


20.29 


1.69 


15.84 


9.38 


112,225 


66,464 


NORTHEAST 


2,509 


7.18 


1.87 


15.84 


8.48 


39,712 


21,224 


KANSAS CITY 


5,779 


16.53 


1.99 


19.80 


9.95 


114,402 


57,491 


CENTRAL 


2,440 


6.98 


2.06 


15.05 


7.30 


36,625 


17,775 


ST LOUIS 


5,795 


16.58 


1.45 


15.61 


10.76 


90,416 


62,357 


SOUTHWEST 


1,925 


5.51 


1.81 


17.45 


9.71 


33,583 


18,720 


OZARK 


318 


0.91 


0.83 


6.10 


9.04 


1,920 


2,798 


SOUTHEAST 


7,053 


20.17 


2.07 


22.67 


10.97 


159,840 


77,323 



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TABLE 10. Estimates for Canada geese by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


3,182 


21.09 


0.88 


6.00 


6.77 


19,052 


21,495 


NORTHEAST 


1,230 


8.16 


0.53 


2.81 


5.38 


3,463 


6,592 


KANSAS CITY 


2,925 


19.40 


0.72 


6.91 


9.53 


20,198 


27,885 


CENTRAL 


1,314 


8.71 


0.58 


4.58 


8.11 


6,012 


10,643 


ST LOUIS 


2,987 


19.82 


0.58 


3.87 


6.70 


11,561 


19,999 


SOUTHWEST 


1,192 


7.90 


0.50 


5.48 


11.46 


6,522 


13,777 


OZARK 


54 


0.36 


0.00 


0.00 


20.10 





1,092 


SOUTHEAST 


1,271 


8.43 


0.34 


2.05 


6.31 


2,605 


8,013 



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TABLE 11. Estimates for snow geese by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


1,663 


24.59 


3.41 


21.62 


6.30 


36,108 


10,467 


NORTHEAST 


126 


1.88 


1.54 


8.78 


6.37 


1,074 


782 


KANSAS CITY 


1,275 


18.88 


0.71 


7.67 


11.21 


9,752 


14,310 


CENTRAL 


267 


3.98 


1.90 


13.31 


7.32 


3,580 


1,955 


ST LOUIS 


570 


8.47 


0.40 


1.88 


4.95 


1,067 


2,812 


SOUTHWEST 


312 


4.61 


2.77 


20.28 


11.53 


5,991 


3,912 


OZARK 


190 


2.82 


6.02 


60.14 


10.14 


1 1 ,642 


1,937 


SOUTHEAST 


1,909 


28.23 


2.53 


27.93 


10.56 


53,668 


20,214 



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TABLE 12. Estimates for raccoon by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


1,710 


13.47 


0.92 


13.83 


15.31 


23,620 


26,227 


NORTHEAST 


1,545 


12.16 


1.85 


27.43 


14.91 


42,396 


23,085 


KANSAS CITY 


1,023 


8.06 


1.06 


18.66 


18.88 


19,016 


19,371 


CENTRAL 


2,440 


19.21 


1.03 


23.43 


22.89 


57,286 


55,963 


ST LOUIS 


1,191 


9.38 


0.66 


9.89 


15.03 


1 1 ,770 


17,892 


SOUTHWEST 


1,693 


13.32 


0.90 


19.10 


21.01 


32,328 


35,525 


OZARK 


1,435 


11.29 


0.52 


11.94 


24.54 


17,099 


35,278 


SOUTHEAST 


1,202 


9.46 


0.70 


10.02 


14.29 


12,069 


17,189 



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TABLE 13. Estimates for groundhog by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


254 


6.87 


0.24 


2.13 


10.47 


531 


2,664 


NORTHEAST 


514 


13.94 


0.46 


2.78 


6.34 


1,434 


3,254 


KANSAS CITY 


404 


10.94 


0.47 


2.30 


5.31 


927 


2,143 


CENTRAL 


476 


12.90 


0.89 


3.05 


3.54 


1,449 


1,680 


ST LOUIS 


388 


10.52 


0.77 


3.66 


5.01 


1,416 


1,940 


SOUTHWEST 


497 


13.47 


0.71 


3.26 


4.51 


1,620 


2,241 


OZARK 


442 


11.93 


0.83 


6.33 


7.12 


2,737 


3,119 


SOUTHEAST 


641 


17.31 


0.51 


2.69 


5.97 


1,732 


3,833 



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TABLE 14. Estimates for gray fox by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


391 


20.89 


0.02 


0.30 


13.44 


116 


5,223 


NORTHEAST 


59 


3.13 


0.00 


0.00 


6.02 





353 


KANSAS CITY 


217 


11.67 


0.03 


0.36 


8.73 


78 


1,884 


CENTRAL 


356 


18.95 


0.20 


0.77 


5.28 


274 


1,870 


ST LOUIS 


235 


12.59 


0.19 


1.52 


9.23 


360 


2,167 


SOUTHWEST 


221 


11.82 


0.11 


2.98 


29.45 


669 


6,673 


OZARK 


231 


12.22 


0.09 


0.44 


7.96 


99 


1,931 


SOUTHEAST 


87 


4.68 


0.70 


1.00 


1.53 


87 


132 



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TABLE 15. Estimates for red fox by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


606 


22.89 


0.06 


0.36 


7.55 


220 


4,563 


NORTHEAST 


111 


4.18 


0.30 


0.84 


4.32 


104 


457 


KANSAS CITY 


405 


15.36 


0.08 


0.65 


8.51 


265 


3,450 


CENTRAL 


508 


19.18 


0.17 


1.33 


8.42 


674 


4,290 


ST LOUIS 


336 


12.72 


0.35 


1.77 


6.43 


606 


2,174 


SOUTHWEST 


262 


9.91 


0.16 


0.83 


7.49 


218 


1,933 


OZARK 


132 


4.94 


0.00 


0.00 


5.60 





815 


SOUTHEAST 


99 


3.72 


0.58 


1.00 


2.05 


99 


212 



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TABLE 16. Estimates for coyote by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


2,995 


13.42 


0.29 


3.80 


13.60 


1 1 ,373 


40,683 


NORTHEAST 


2,487 


11.14 


0.23 


1.32 


5.80 


3,291 


14,415 


KANSAS CITY 


2,293 


10.27 


0.18 


2.43 


16.14 


5,577 


36,970 


CENTRAL 


3,226 


14.46 


0.29 


1.95 


6.83 


6,297 


22,062 


ST LOUIS 


1,779 


7.97 


0.31 


2.02 


6.51 


3,601 


1 1 ,597 


SOUTHWEST 


3,327 


14.91 


0.24 


2.65 


11.49 


8,825 


38,197 


OZARK 


2,210 


9.91 


0.21 


2.27 


10.72 


5,008 


23,695 


SOUTHEAST 


2,997 


13.43 


0.33 


2.85 


8.89 


8,550 


26,662 



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TABLE 17. Estimates for opossum by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


870 


17.67 


0.30 


4.69 


16.21 


4,068 


14,079 


NORTHEAST 


369 


7.51 


0.51 


3.03 


6.91 


1,120 


2,569 


KANSAS CITY 


421 


8.56 


0.70 


13.79 


27.83 


5,781 


1 1 ,863 


CENTRAL 


856 


17.39 


1.18 


17.75 


14.84 


15,222 


12,686 


ST LOUIS 


459 


9.31 


0.64 


7.59 


12.75 


3,491 


5,852 


SOUTHWEST 


582 


11.80 


1.29 


22.52 


15.21 


13,169 


8,812 


OZARK 


732 


14.84 


0.44 


7.41 


17.14 


5,398 


12,529 


SOUTHEAST 


245 


4.98 


1.50 


3.43 


2.59 


828 


634 



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TABLE 18. Estimates for bobcat by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


1,021 


21.35 


0.04 


0.52 


13.35 


530 


13,685 


NORTHEAST 


513 


10.75 


0.06 


0.25 


4.31 


127 


2,214 


KANSAS CITY 


690 


14.45 


0.04 


0.42 


10.58 


293 


7,318 


CENTRAL 


791 


16.55 


0.09 


1.43 


16.87 


1,136 


13,351 


ST LOUIS 


158 


3.30 


0.03 


0.30 


8.85 


48 


1,428 


SOUTHWEST 


693 


14.49 


0.09 


1.21 


15.38 


842 


10,666 


OZARK 


467 


9.77 


0.04 


0.38 


11.72 


175 


5,500 


SOUTHEAST 


212 


4.45 


0.15 


1.22 


8.93 


264 


1,926 



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TABLE 19. Estimates for ruffed grouse by MDC region, 2007-2008 season. 



MDC 
Region 


Total 
Hunters 


% Hunting 
Pressure 


Bag/Day 


Average 
Season Bag 


Average Days 
Afield 


Total 
Harvest 


Total Days 
Afield 


NORTHWEST 


116 


34.86 


0.00 


0.00 


3.92 





470 


NORTHEAST 


95 


29.76 


0.00 


0.00 


4.80 





456 


KANSAS CITY 





0.00 














CENTRAL 





0.00 














ST LOUIS 


16 


5.04 


0.00 


0.00 


2.00 





32 


SOUTHWEST 


79 


24.04 


0.66 


5.16 


6.13 


411 


488 


OZARK 


20 


6.29 


0.00 


0.00 


2.99 





61 


SOUTHEAST 





0.00 















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